This year, CALM launched I Will Not Be Silent, a large-scale public awareness campaign to engage our community and beyond in joining us in our mission to raise awareness in the fight against child abuse.
I Will Not Be Silent not only gave a stronger voice to CALM, but brought the critical topic of child abuse prevention and awareness to the attention of all Santa Barbara community members: from City and County officials, schools, and community leaders, to collaborating local nonprofits and human service organizations, as well as to over 2,000 individuals who pledged to not be silent in the face of child abuse, and to do whatever it take to report abuse.
Perhaps most significantly impacted by this public outreach effort were current clients being served by CALM, and those in need of our services. Seeing CALM’s presence in the community helped our children and families develop a newfound understanding and appreciation for the counseling they receive. Recently a mother approached me in the waiting room with a big smile and told me that her young son, who is our client, saw me on TV and recognized me. He felt truly validated by our message, and understood that what happened to him was not his fault. A 39-year-old man who had been sexually molested when he was five years old called CALM, and explained that after seeing our ‘I Will Not Be Silent’ public service announcement on TV, he decided it was time to speak up.
These stories are not the only ones, and it is critical moments like these that let us know our message is being heard, and we’re able to help. But our work is not done. The I Will Not Be Silent campaign resulted in CALM’s waiting list doubling in size in just one month. Now is the time when CALM relies on our generous donors and family of support more than ever. CALM exists because of you. You give us the ability to help those who need it most. We thank you for your unfailing support, and for joining us in our mission.
Cecilia Rodriguez, MFT
Cecilia Rodriguez, MFT
Deborah Holmes, LCSW
Director, Center Based Services
Elizabeth Rumelt, LCSW
Director, Psychology & Training
Jessica Adams, PhD
Director, Community-Based Services
Anita Fernandez-Low, LCSW
Regional Manager - North County
Mary Jane Alumbaugh, PhD
Lori Lander Goodman, MSW